Yuki Kasai was born in Basel in 1979 and started to play the violin at the age of five. She studied in Basel with Raphael Oleg and in Berlin with Antje Weithaas. Other important influences were Sandor Zöldy, Gerard Wyss, and masterclasses with Lorand Fenyves and Ferenc Rados. Yuki Kasai has received many national and international prizes, such as from the Hans Huber Foundation Basel in 2002. In 2002 she was a prizewinner of the 8th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. A passionate chamber musician, Yuki Kasai has appeared at many festivals: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; Rheingau; Ultraschall Festival for New Music in Berlin; Domaine Forget in Quebec, Canada; “Sommets Musicaux” in Gstaad, Switzerland; Open Chamber Music Weeks at Prussia Cove and Cheltenham in England. As a member of the Sheridan Ensemble, she enjoys playing a wide repertoire from 1600 to today, Baroque music on period instruments as well as contemporary music. In 2006, Yuki Kasai was appointed Leader of the “Kammerakademie Potsdam” and the Ensemble Oriol Berlin, and in 2010 she joined kammerorchesterbasel as leader. She also plays as Guest Leader in the “Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen”, the “Ensemble Resonanz” in Hamburg and Münchener Kammerorchester, and is a frequent guest at the Chamber of Europe.